Pros Now 10 years old, crushes ice, cooks/boils soups, chops nuts. Love how smooth the variable setting is.
Cons If you don't follow the directions and start it out too fast, it will make a mess and bad noise.
Summary Wish I had bought 2 for the great refurb price.
Pros It does blend anything and doesn't slow the motor down.
Cons The analog variable speed dial has started to go on mine, but it's about thirteen years old.
Summary Perhaps digital controls would be less prone to failure and give the blender a longer life.
Maybe they will come out with a dual voltage model for military members who cross the ocean. I purchased my blender in a stateside Post-Exchange.